Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Treatments
What will it feel like & when will I get relief from the pain?
Most people are in pain when they arrive at the office and they want immediate pain relief. Most patients experience pain relief (sciatica, leg pain, lower back pain, arm pain or neck pain) during the first treatment. Oakville Spinal Decompression treatment removes any pressure on the nerves and stops the pain. The table gently, mechanically “stretches” your spine in an effective and safe way. The amount of “pull” is determined by the computer and a number of other factors. The “pull” feels like a gentle handshake or a “pat” on the shoulder. Dr. Geisler explains what you have, what is needed and every aspect of the treatment before anything is done. He is very thorough. Dr. Geisler will also instruct you and guide you through exercises to heal the spine.
I herniated a disc with pain from sciatica down my one leg. I was on three percocets a day. Within a week I was off all the medications and able to sleep. Within a few more days the pain had decreased to only the low back and shortly was gone.
I came to Dr. Geisler as a referral from my medical doctor. After only two treatments I felt the difference in my arm, and I could sleep. The sharp pain down my arm was gone in a few weeks and the numbness was shortly after that.
Who can be treated?
Who can be treated
Anyone with Sciatica (Low Back / Leg Pain) or Neck Stiffness (Arm Pain / Numbness)
- Nerve Pinch
- Herniated Spinal Disc
- Bulging Spinal Disc
- Degeneration (Spine)
- Lower Back Pain
- Neck Stiffness
- Facet Syndrome
- Failed Back Surgery
Why us and why this table? – proven results, safe and affordable
Proven results with over 25 years of treating patients, over 10’s of 1000’s treatments and the most advanced non-surgical computer controlled spinal decompression table. The HillDT Solutions Spinal Decompression table, utilizing Direct-Drive Contact Technology, Bio-Intuitive Technology, and Windows touch screen operating system. The HillDT Direct-Direct Contact Technology and computer system specifically isolate the injured or arthritic disc or joint and provides a safe, gentle and comfortable treatment to only that one disc or joint. The HillDT Bio-Intuitive Technology measures the body’s response to the treatment and recalculates the table every 16 milliseconds or 16,000 times a second. This technology causes muscle relaxation and the formation of the vacuum inside the disc. The remarkable speed of this system makes the treatments safe and gentle. The HillDT table’s technology means dramatically better outcomes because the patient experiences far less muscle-guarding than with other designs. In most cases, the patient is able to painlessly leave the table within seconds and with very little soreness to follow.“Spinal Decompression” is a physical treatment in which the computer controlled table gently, efficiently and effectively separates the vertebrae, causing a vacuum in the gel located inside the disc between the vertebrae. The vacuum draws any extruded (squeezed out) gel, water, oxygen and nutrients into the disc. This will take either the vertebrae or/and the gel off the pinched nerves, relieving the nerve pain and increasing mobility. It will also break scar and fiber tissue, relax muscle tightness and increase movement and motion. This treatment brings pain relief and assists with normal disc healing. Pain and stiffness from osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease (age arthritis), sciatica, stenosis and even failed back surgery can be treated with amazing results. Clinical studies have revealed 80-100% success rate with Spinal Decompression, even for patients that have had physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage, injections and medications without success. Spinal Decompression is not Traction, don’t be fooled. It is important to realize that back pain isn’t just in your mind, if you have a serious condition like Sciatica, we can help you!
All About the Spinal Decompression Table
When something’s wrong in the human body, there’s not always a quick fix. Many people suffer from back pain – in fact, 31 million Americansare experiencing pain in their lower back at any given time. But when they seek treatment, they often find temporary relief from symptoms when what they want is long-term healing.
Patients who suffer from the chronic pain associated with bulging, degenerating, or herniated discs may benefit from treatment using a spinal decompression table. This type of pain, which can manifest as back or neck pain itself as well as associated pain in the arms and legs, may have already been treated by traditional traction methods or even by spinal surgery to limited improvement. In these cases, a spinal decompression table that uses computerized sensors to perform stretching actions on the spine and promotehealing can be uniquely effective.
But what is a spinal decompression table, and how it can be used to treat patients who have not been able to find relief in other ways?
What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal decompression therapy, also known as non-surgical spinal decompression, is a practice that utilizes spinal decompression tables to relieve pain by creating a scenario in which bulging or herniated disc tissue is able to move back into place and heal, alleviating the pain this condition causes.
Spinal decompression therapy aims to help patients who suffer from debilitating pain due to bulging, degenerating, or herniated discs. It can also be used for the pain management and treatment of many causes of sciatica, injured or diseased spinal nerve roots, and worn spinal joints.
The therapy itself works to stretch the spine, using a spinal decompression table or other device, in order to create negative pressure and space within the disc to allow disc fluid to move back into place. This creates an environment in which the disc can receive more nutrients and therefore heal itself more quickly and effectively. The ultimate goal of spinal decompression therapy is to relieve the patient’s chronic back, arm, neck, and/or leg pain, and to heal the source of said pain.
Spinal decompression therapy is also referred to as non-surgical decompression therapy since it is often used as a safe, affordable, and extremely effective alternative to spinal surgery. The distinction between surgical and non-surgical spinal decompression is an important one, as surgical spinal procedures are often considered the last option, while spinal decompression therapy is a safe treatment at any stage of back pain.
The difference between spinal decompression tables and inversion tables is the technology involved. The best spinal decompression tables include sensors that indicate whether a patient’s muscles are resisting the stretch being applied by the table. As the muscles resist, the table reduces the poundage of the pull until the muscles relax, then begins to pull again. By taking resistance into account, a decompression table is able to more effectively relieve pressure in the spine and ultimately provide relief.
How a Spinal Decompression Table Works
Spinal decompression tables use computerized technology to create negative intradiscal pressure in the spine. A decompression table has two parts that move independently of one another. During setup, a spinal decompression technician chooses a decompression program that is best suited to the patient’s needs. The right program for an individual will depend on that person’s diagnosis as well as how they have responded to previous treatments.
As the decompression table stretches the spine, negative pressure is created within the spinal discs, which can result in the retraction or repositioning of the disc material, leading to pain relief. In addition, the lower pressure within the disc can cause an influx of healing nutrients to the disc, to promote further relief even when the patient is not on the table.
One of the hurdles to effective decompression with manual techniques is the fact that the body naturally resists the stretch, known as muscle guarding. With a decompression table, sensors can detect when the patient’s muscles are guarding against the stretch and release the tension, ensuring that the maximum decompression is accomplished.
What's the difference between the traction and spinal decompression?
What’s the Difference Between Traction and Spinal Decompression Therapy?
For many in the chiropractic field, there is often confusion about the difference between spinal traction therapy and spinal decompression therapy. The number one cause for this puzzlement is that most people, professionals and patients alike, don’t know that there even is a difference between the two.
In truth, traction therapy and spinal decompression look very similar. Misinformation in the community has to lead to the long-held belief that spinal traction and spinal decompression are two names for the same therapy. However, the differences between the two are incredible. It is important for the key differences to be recognized by both practitioners and those who need treatments to stop misinformation being spread and bad techniques from being practiced.
Why Traction Was Used
Often, people are confused by the differences between traction and spinal decompression because the treatments themselves are similar, in theory. When a patient suffers from back pain, one way to alleviate pain, without surgery, is to gently pull on the spine. A traditional traction table is made using a winch system that pulls a patient’s spine in one direction. While this helps the spine by allowing injured disks to spread and can help reverse some of the effects of herniation, traction tables come with a major flaw.
When the body recognizes that the spine is being pulled, it reacts by tightening to try and protect what it reads as an unnatural movement. Because a traction table uses a constant pull, it has no measure to defend against the tightening of the body, known as muscle guarding. This leads to spasms, and will undue the benefits that pulling on the spine was meant to offer in the first place.
Because traction therapies often lead to painful spasms and little long-term improvements of spinal pain, it has gained a bad reputation in chiropractic circle and not without reason. And because traction and spinal decompression are often thought of as the same treatment, spinal decompression therapy is often written off based on the reputation of spinal traction. However, there are important differences between the two therapies, and spinal decompression is a marked advancement for non-surgical treatments.
Why Spinal Decompression Is An Improvement
Like a traction table, spinal decompression therapy helps alleviate spinal pain by gently pulling on the spine. The big difference comes in how the spinal decompression table helps prevent the muscle guarding that traction causes. Decompression tables have built-in computer sensors and systems that can recognize when the body has reached a limit and is preparing to tighten as a response. When that limit is reached, the decompression table will stop pulling and allow the body to relax before stretching the spine again.
Decompression therapy can be used for a number of conditions:
Sciatica nerve pain in the legs
Herniated or bulging disks
Spinal nerve root conditions
Worn spinal joints.
For many people, spinal decompression therapy is a favorable alternative to invasive surgery. Patients who have successful treatments with spinal decompression therapy are able to enjoy the aspects of life that they were missing out on while suffering from extreme back pain. Daily living becomes easier for patients, and because spinal decompression therapy doesn’t cause additional spasming during treatments, patients are more likely to want to return for necessary treatments.
Spinal decompression therapy addresses the same issues that traction attempts to fix but does so in a way that the patient is protected against painful spasms and discomfort. Decompression comes with risks as well, but those risks are largely meant for people who are pregnant or have additional spinal conditions like tumors or fractures. The chances of having a spasm issue while undergoing decompression therapy are incredibly small, especially when compared to traction therapy.
Why the HillDT Spinal Decompression Table?
The HillDT table’s technology means dramatically better outcomes because the patient experiences far less muscle-guarding than with other designs. In most cases, the patient is able to painlessly leave the table within seconds and with very little soreness to follow.
What does a treatment look like?
Treatments – spinal decompression & physical therapy (exercises)
Patients in pain don’t want additional pain and they can be nervous on their first treatment. Dr.Geisler’s primary concern is to stop your pain. Most patients say that they have had a decrease in pain if not on the first treatment, within the first few treatments. The HillDT®Spinal Decompression table is computer controlled, causing a subtle, smooth gentle separation of the vertebrae. Most patients say I didn’t realize how gentle this was. Patients are clothed, unlike with other tables, lay relaxed on the table and no “chiropractic cracking” occurs.
Dr. Geisler will first inquire about your condition, examine your medical history, examine any x-rays/MRI/CT if you have them, and perform a thorough orthopedic and neurologic examination. He will determine if this treatment is best for you and if you will be successful. If complete success is foreseen, he will proceed to develop an individualized treatment schedule. Treatments generally include spinal decompression, pain controls (laser), anti-inflammatories, rehabilitation exercises, core stabilization, and mobility physical therapy exercises and education.
Since studying spinal decompression years ago, Dr. Geisler has performed tens of thousands of treatments and has an expert level of knowledge in spinal decompression. He always consults with the patient before every treatment and starts the computer controlled decompression table himself.
What You can Expect with Treatments
On your first visit to the office, a complete history, examination will be performed with orthopedic and neurological tests. If required, x-rays (on site) will be performed. Any MRI’s or CT’s will be examined. Dr. Geisler will then discuss your condition, the cause of your pain and outline the treatment required. If spinal decompression is the treatment required to get rid of your pain, Dr. Geisler will first relax the muscles before treatment. While fulled clothed, laying comfortably on the spinal decompression table, the table will gently separate the vertebrata, causing the pain relief. Successive treatment on the spinal decompression table continually is a step-wise fashion decrease your pain then completely stop the pain. Dr. Geisler will instruct you and guide you through exercises to heal the spine.
ALL SPINAL DECOMPRESSION TABLES ARE NOT MADE THE SAME
Spinal Decompression tables may look similar but the quality of the design and manufacturing proves its performance. The HillDT® Solutions, Spinal Decompression table is Health Canada approved and FDA cleared, from a company that has the ISO13485 designation. Manufactured by Hill Laboratories Company, a family-owned company since 1945 and a worldwide leader in healthcare equipment development and manufacturing.
Spinal Decompression Table Research
Research into spinal decompression therapy is ongoing, with a number of studies showing benefits to patients experiencing chronic or acute pain. For instance, a study from the Rio Grande Regional Hospital and Health Sciences Centre and the University of Texas showed:
The specific and important clinical action of decompression therapy that makes it effective. Intradiscal pressure measurement was performed by connecting a cannula inserted into the patient’s L4-L5 disc space to a pressure transducer. Spinal decompression was introduced and changes in pressure were recorded at a resting state and again while controlled tension was applied by the equipment. The results of this study indicate that it is possible to lower pressure in the nucleus pulposus of herniated lumbar discs to below -100 mm Hg when distraction tension is applied according to the protocol described for decompression therapy. The lowest intradiscal pressure measured during progressive traction was 40 mm Hg compared to 75 mm Hg resting supine. (2) Standard decompression therapy, therefore, differs from standard traction by creating a unique clinical circumstance of prolonged negative intradiscal pressure.
Lowering the pressure in a herniated disc is the objective way to measure whether decompression is working, since lower pressure means, by definition, less compression. When the pressure within a lumbar disc is lower, patients will experience less low-back pain.
In an outcome study from 1998, spinal decompression therapy was effective in 71% of cases, with patients reporting a decrease in pain to either 0 or 1 on a scale of 0 to 5.
Another low-back pain study found that patients with chronic pain experienced relief from spinal decompression therapy in as little as eight weeks. It is important to note that 80% of the patients in this particular study had been experiencing symptoms for more than 6 months and had tried at least two other interventions to relieve their pain before turning to a spinal decompression table.
Despite contradicting reports on the efficacy of spinal decompression therapy, there is clearly a segment of the population for whom a decompression table can relieve chronic pain where no other interventions have succeeded.
Scientific research proves that decompression works.
Chiropractic Economics (Vol.61, No. 4, March 13, 2015)
Measured Success, Evaluating the Effectiveness of Spinal Decompression Therapy
CONCLUSION: Of 815 patients receiving spinal decompression therapy random selection revealed a 91% success rate” Davenport University 2015.
Disc Distraction Shows Evidence of Regenerative Potential in Degenerated Intervertebral Discs, SPINE 2006
Disc repair fundamentally depends on the stage of disc degeneration
CONCLUSION: This study with respect to previous reports, confirms that disc distraction enhances hydration in the degenerated disc and may improve disc nutrition via the vertebral endplates. Thorsten Gehring, MD, et al; Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Heidelberg, Germany. SPINE (Vol. 31, Number 15, 2006)
Journal of Neurologic Research (Vol. 29, No. 3, March 2003)
Efficacy of Vertebral Axial Decompression on Chronic Low Back Pain
CONCLUSION: This 144 patient study showed 76% achieved remission of pain. Except in emergent conditions, Vertebral Axial Decompression should be used on all conditions before surgery is undertaken.
Orthopaedic Technology Review (2003; 6 (5))
Surgical Alternatives: Spinal Decompression
CONCLUSION: 86% of the 219 patients who completed the therapy reported immediate resolution of symptoms, while 84% remained pain-free 90 days post-treatment. Physical examination findings showed improvement in 92% of the 219 patients and remained intact in 89% of these patients 90 days after treatment. It was shown to be effective for herniated and degenerative discs.
American Journal of Pain Management (Vol. 7, No.2, April 1997)
Decompression, Reduction, and Stabilization of the Lumbar Spine: A Cost-Effective Treatment
CONCLUSION: Eighty-six percent of herniated intervertebral disc patients achieved ‘good’ (50-89% improvement) to ‘excellent’ (90-100% improvement) results with decompression. Sciatica and back pain was relieved. Facet arthrosis patients, 75% obtained ‘good’ to ‘excellent’ results with decompression.
Decompression Therapy has lasting results
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine February 2008
Protocols for Patients with Activity – Limiting Low Back Pain
A total of 296 patients with low back pain and evidence of a degenerative and or herniated disc at 1 or more levels were in this study. 8-Week course of treatment consisting of 5, 30-minute sessions of Decompression Therapy per week for 4 weeks and 1, 30-minute session for a week for 4 additional weeks. CONCLUSION: Patients showed continued statistical improvement in both pain scores and functional movement scores after their treatment programs were completed for 180 days post-treatment.
Anesthesiology News, (Vol. 29, No. 3, March 2003)
Vertebral Axial Decompression Reduces Chronic Discogenic Low Back Pain-4 Year Study
CONCLUSION: Four-year follow-up after the Decompression method shows a sustained 86% reduction in pain and that 91% of patients had resumed their normal activities and has remained pain-free.
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